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Snowdrops

(28 Posts)
loopyloo Sat 26-Jan-19 13:03:36

Oh what wonderful things. Have just been to a snowdrop sale in Enfield. Was very restrained and only spent £25. I love them. Does anyone else share this obsession?

Lisagran Sat 26-Jan-19 13:23:32

£25?! Wow! I do love them. Did you buy specialist ones? You are a Galanthophile grin

NotAGran55 Sat 26-Jan-19 13:24:20

Do you know about the snowdrops at Welford Park Loopyloo ? The estate where the GBBO was recorded .

loopyloo Sat 26-Jan-19 13:33:59

I bought one called "Hercule" it's large and tough. Some of them were £100 each. They are such brave little things.

Gymstagran Sat 26-Jan-19 13:45:23

I love snowdrops. Have left mine in same place for many years sheltered by a small wall and they are just beautiful this year

MiniMoon Sat 26-Jan-19 16:14:50

I brought loads of snowdrop bulbs from my Dad's garden, and planted them here, after he died. Unfortunately not many of them have come up. My DH blames mice for eating them. sad

Telly Sat 26-Jan-19 17:09:19

I do love snowdrops, especially the really tiny ones that do look like drops. I am not so keen on the more showy varieties but they are always a welcome sign of spring. According to my gardening mag. now is a good time to plant them in pots as they are more likely to establish.

HildaW Sat 26-Jan-19 17:11:47

Evidently its best to buy Snowdrops 'in the green' if you want them in your garden. Sarah Raven stocks them and you plant them at the end of the flowering season.

Gymstagran Sat 26-Jan-19 17:24:58

The squirrels love the bulbs

PECS Sat 26-Jan-19 17:32:00

Very fond of snowdrops. They remind me of my lovely gentle mum who died in February, when the world felt gloomy & dreadful except for the hopeful snowdrops! Always think of her when I see them.. 38 years on!

lemongrove Sat 26-Jan-19 17:32:24

They certainly do! A lot of mine are missing this year, we have several squirrel visitors.

lemongrove Sat 26-Jan-19 17:33:45

I have the small variety, but the larger Spanish snowdrops do look marvellous in drifts.

shysal Sat 26-Jan-19 17:38:28

I envy you Lemongrove. Those bought in the green at this time of year will be the most successful.

chocolatepudding Sun 27-Jan-19 15:31:38

Thirty years ago we bought a half-acre piece of land, an island in a river which has a public footpath running along the riverbank. We planted 300 trees and tried to make it into a nature reserve for the local wildlife. A few years later I planted 100 snowdrops "in the green" and I was delighted when the following year all 100 bulbs flowered. Since then the clumps of bulbs have grown and I regularly dig them up and separate all the bulbs and replant them. Now there are thousands of snowdrops. We get a lot of casual walkers along the river path and they enjoy the snowdrops. When they have finished flowering I take orders for 100 or 50 or less bulbs and sell them in aid of the local Hospice.
All our work on the island is done in memory of our baby daughter who died suddenly aged 7 months. Here is a photo taken last week

MrsJamJam Sun 27-Jan-19 15:34:45

Glorious picture which gardens the heart. Thank youthanks

Nannylovesshopping Sun 27-Jan-19 15:37:53

chocolatepuddingwhat a wonderful project in remembrance of your beloved daughter

Lisagran Sun 27-Jan-19 15:40:18

Oh chocolatepudding that’s wonderful. So sorry about your baby, but I imagine that’s a lovely place to go and lose yourself xx

paddyann Sun 27-Jan-19 15:48:47

I cant see snowdrops without remembering the Dunblane tragedy and the anti gun campaign they ran The Snowdrop Campaign .I feel happy that the spring is coming but sad about all those young lives needlessy lost .I dont know if I'll ever see them againin the future without the memory of those wee faces staring out of the newspapers filled with joy and hope for their futures .

Grannybags Sun 27-Jan-19 16:08:14

Glorious photo chocolatepudding What a wonderful idea. A lot of hard work I imagine but appreciated by the walkers and such a lovely tribute to your daughter.

I love snowdrops. They pop up when the weather it at it's worst and look so cheery, a sign of the warmer weather which eventually follows

PECS Sun 27-Jan-19 16:09:09

chocolatepudding what a really wonderful legacy in memory of your daughter 🌾 spreading joy and happiness

lemongrove Sun 27-Jan-19 16:23:59

chocpudding wonderful! smile well done.

BradfordLass72 Mon 28-Jan-19 06:14:18

chocolatepudding what a very beautiful photo. I miss Snowdrops very much as it's far too warm for them to grow in the area where I live, although I'm told they grow well in the South Island where it's cold.
Snowdrops and Bluebells beneath Beech trees are England to me. Thank you thanks

Bikerhiker Mon 28-Jan-19 09:58:39

So sorry chocolatepudding but what a wonderful thing to do for your baby daughter.
You have inspired me. X

muffinthemoo Mon 28-Jan-19 11:03:09

chocolatepudding what a beautiful remembrance of your girl.

gmelon Wed 30-Jan-19 12:55:24

Such a wonderful place s to go and be peaceful chocolatepudding